Dana-Thomas House

 

301 E. Lawrence Ave. (Cross Street: S. Fourth St.)
Springfield, IL 62703
217-782-6776
www.dana-thomas.org/
www.sumacshop.com/

Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright make pilgrimages to Springfield just to see the Dana-Thomas House, the best preserved and most complete of his early "Prairie" houses. Built in 1902-04, it still contains the original Wright-designed oak furniture and art glass doors, windows and light panels. While the house tours are not wheelchair accessible, there is ramped access to the Visitors Center and Sumac Shop located in the converted carriage house. A short uncaptioned video is screened in the Visitors Center prior to each tour. The Sumac Shop features architectural books, memorabilia and related gift items.

Hours

  • Wed-Sun: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Last guided tour begins at 4:00 pm.
  • Closed Mon, Tues and major holidays
  • Reservations required for groups of 10 or more: 217-782-6773

Admission

  • Suggested donation: $5 Adults, $3 Children, $13 Families

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Accessible loading zone
    • In alley at accessible entrance
  • Street parking
  • Private parking lot—designated accessible spaces
    • Entrance on E. Cook St. northwest of property
  • Note: Railroad tracks between the parking lot and house have 3" gaps across path of travel.

Educational Programs

  • Type—Docent-led tours
  • Ages served—All
  • Disabilities served—No targeted programming. Tours physically accessible only to those who are ambulatory and can climb steps.
  • Note: Education Packet for teachers downloadable online

Features for People with Service Animals

  • Natural surface/grassy dog relief area
    • Location—Lawn of house

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Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • None
  • Note: Script describing the house and its various rooms can be downloaded from the website's "Education Packet"

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Guiding/orientation during tour—on request
  • Tactile exhibit—model of house
  • Braille/Tactile Signage—restrooms
  • Height clearance at least 80
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel

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Accessible Entrance

  • Secondary entrance is wheelchair accessible (not a service entrance)
    • Location—Alley along railroad tracks
  • Ramped entry
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Note: Ring bell for entry to Visitors Center.

Assistive Equipment for Guests with Physical Disabilities

  • None
  • Note: Chair lift providing access via side porch to first floor of house was out of service with no repair scheduled

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide
    • Exception—Gift shop doorway 31"

Elevator

  • None

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Visitors Center
  • Brochures
  • Seating—chairs without arms
  • Gift Shop
    • Sales counter/section 36" max
    • Space to turn/maneuver

Exhibits

  • On accessible route
  • Note: Photos of house in Visitor Center

Performance Space

  • Video screening room
    • Visitor Center
  • Moveable seating
  • Wheelchair seating
    • Number of Spaces—as needed
  • Companion seating
    • Moveable, alongside

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Accessible Public Restroom

  • Men's and Women's
  • Location
    • Rear of Visitors Center
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Space in restroom to maneuver-5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Stall door at least 32" clearance
  • Stall door swings out
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels/soap/vending within reach—48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none
  • Note: Wheelchair stall 52.5" x 58" with lateral transfer space 28.5". Sink height 36". No maneuver clearance inside entry door.

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